Garry Monk responds to reports suggesting Sheffield Wednesday are on the brink of signing Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham

Owls manager Garry Monk refused to comment on reports linking the Championship club with a loan move for Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham.

Saturday, 11th January 2020, 8:23 am
Updated Sunday, 12th January 2020, 10:55 am

The Star understands Wednesday are seeking to bring in the 26-year-old, who has struggled for game time at Selhurst Park this season, on a temporary basis to boost their promotion push.

Wickham was an unused substitute in Palace's 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

When asked about Wickham after the Owls' battling victory over promotion-chasing Leeds United, Monk told The Star: "We have probably been linked with everyone.

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Crystal Palace star Connor Wickham. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

"You are going to throw a different name at me tomorrow.

"Of course, we are trying to bring someone in but the most important thing is they fit into the group.

"I won't just bring in anyone for the sake of it, even with what has happened to Fletch (Steven Fletcher)."

Monk is desperate to increase their attacking firepower, with 12-goal top-scorer Fletcher expected to be out of action for up to 10 weeks due to a knee injury sustained at Brighton and Hove Albion earlier this month.

"We are trying; there's nothing over the line," said Monk, who confirmed skipper Tom Lees was not involved against his former club Leeds United due to illness. "We have got a few things out there but there is nothing concrete.

"Nothing has been ratified but we are working hard to do that.

"With Fletch out, we need to replace him.

"If we can strengthen the squad, then we will.”